Canada will reach 2020 carbon goals, enviro minister promises

Canada remains committed to meeting its 2020 target for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq told The Globe and Mail. But she didn't explain how the country will meet its goal of reducing GHG outputs by 17 per cent from 2005 levels over the next seven years.

Aglukkaq is in Warsaw today for the United Nations climate summit, where Canada has been a target of strong criticism for pulling out of the Kyoto Protocol and for falling off track to meet its reduction targets. She insisted Ottawa has shown leadership in the global battle against climate change, however, and said government will soon introduce regulations to rein in emissions in the oil and gas sector. 

Canada has lagged behind on climate policy for years, and was given its fifth Fossil of the Year award last year for poor environmental policies. 

Prime Minister Stephen Harper congratulated Australia last week for repealing its carbon tax, which critics saw as a sign that Canada did not take environmental issues seriously. Britain’s Guardian newspaper wrote that Canada has dropped “any remaining pretenses of supporting global action on climate change.”

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